Ten Artists Given the Shaft in VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '00s" List

VH1 recently released their list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the '00s—nearly a week ahead of them airing the five-hour special devoted to the list, for some reason—setting off plenty of inter-office debate. And while the conventional wisdom with lists like this is that they generally suck—and indeed, they often do—we don't really have so much of a problem with this one. Oh sure, there's some general ordering grievances ("I Don't Want to Be" over "Get Low"? "I'm Yours" over "Cry Me a River"? "Best of You" over anything?), and rock kinda gets the shaft near the top (though to be honest, that's sort of representative of the decade surveyed), but really, it's mostly a solid, well-constructed, diverse and fair list. Most importantly, we can't find a song in the top ten that absolutely doesn't deserve to be there, and that's about all we can ask for on lists like this.

With all that said, though, the list—like any other of its kind—invariably snubs certain key artists. Now, 100 is a big number, but it's not that big, and there's certainly more than 100 artists that released music last decade worth mentioning on best-of lists. And since VH1 is a fairly populist channel, we'll avoid complaining about the omissions of artists like Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, Robyn, Madvillain, The Arcade Fire and The Rapture, all of whom released some of the best pop music of the decade, but none of whom really fell under VH1's umbrella (-ella, -ella, etc.) during the decade of the '00s. Rather, we're just going to mention a handful of artists that we think VH1 could and very possibly should have mentioned, if for no other reason than to make sure they get their due during this time of short-term nostalgia. It's the responsible thing to do.

(Also, guys, "The Rising"? Really? We didn't even know VH1 had been bought by Rolling Stone.)


They were one of the last of the pop-punk groups to make a real dent on the pop charts—and they were way, way more pop thank punk by the time they got there—but the All-American Rejects made a real impression on '00s Top 40 with their trio of mid-decade crossover hits, "Dirty Little Secret," "Move Along" and "It Ends Tonight." The middle one was the best, a beautifully vague generational anthem with a shout-along chorus and a surprisingly awesome music video. 


It's hard to remember now since she fell off kinda quickly and kinda really precipitously, but there was a time when Ashanti was among the biggest pop forces on the planet. She was on a half-dozen of the 100 biggest Billboard hits of 2002, including three of the top 12—Ja Rule's "Always on Time," Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" and her own "Foolish." VH1 went with J. Lo and Ja's "I'm Real" rather than one of Ashanti's own puppy-love collabos with her Murder Inc. mate, but we feel the label's first lady deserved a single or two of her own on the list.


Juelz Santana gets on the list courtesy of his guest appearance on Chris Brown's "Run It!," but aside from that, Harlem's Dipset crew is sorely underrepresented. No Juelz solo, no Jim Jones, and above all, no Cam'Ron, who managed a pair of classic top five hits in the early decade with "Hey Ma" and "Oh Boy," big enough that mere months later, Killa Cam was making guest appearances on Mariah Carey singles. "Hey Ma" emerges as one of the most fun sing-along jams of the decade, and on occasion, a very solid karaoke choice.


Combined because neither artist is all that missed in their totality—it's really just one song each. Two of the best and most popular singer/songwriter hits of the early decade, "Thank You" and "A Thousand Miles" are both pretty definitive as '00s hits, copied by many who came after (and by the artists themselves with later hits) but never close to equaled. The former's exclusion could maybe have been forgiven had the channel thrown a bone to Eminem's "Stan," but alas, no such luck.


Like Ashanti, Ciara was among the biggest pop talents of her day, breaking out in 2004 with a trio of absolute megahits—"Goodies," "1,2 Step" and "Oh"—which seemed to mark the landing of pop's next great star. The hits dried up sooner than expected, she was no one-year wonder—"Get Up," "Like a Boy," "Promise" and even last year's "Ride" were all among the better Top 40 hits of their years' released. If someone conducted a poll in 2005 of who would still be one of pop's most prominent figures today, Rihanna or Ciara, they wouldn't have gotten 5% of people surveyed to guess the former.


All right, she gets her due with the Black Eyed Peas, and we doubt too many people are going to say that that's not plenty of Fergie to go around. But if "I Gotta Feeling" clocks in all the way at #12, shouldn't at least one of Fergie's solo hits—which have aged pretty decently as delectably giddy, weird little pop trinkets—have scraped the 80s or 90s? She did have four top two hits off The Dutchess, as well as the #5 "Clumsy," which might have been the album's best single. Listen to it above and let us know if you don't think it's the tiniest of snubs.


Not exactly the biggest of '00s commercial powerhouses, but Damon Albarn's odd cartoon experiment supergroup thing did merit a couple of truly left-field crossover hits over the course of the decade, most notably "Clint Eastwood" and "Feel Good, Inc." Perhaps neither are straight classic numbers, but they were certainly among the most fun and unexpectedly unavoidable hits of their era, and nobody who was around for them are likely to forget them anytime soon.


She only had about 12 months of crossover popularity in the U.S.—despite the quarter-century of immortality she's amassed just about everywhere else—but Kylie Minogue made it count with a pair of pure-pop smashes, "Love at First Sight" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head." The latter being excluded is downright unforgivable, as it was quite possibly the catchiest (in a not-annoying way, anyway) single released the entire decade. Jog your memory about it at your own peril.


Of all the artists given the snub from VH1 on this list, Sean Paul is probably the hardest to understand. Not only did he have an impressive collection of hits—five top tens, including a pair of #1s—and not only were most of them fucking awesome, but they were also important in establishing dancehall as a relevant form of mid-'00s pop music, helping make the success of memorable one-hit wonders like Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go," Nina Sky's "Move Ya Body" and Lumidee's "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" possible. It really wouldn't have been the '00s without Sean Paul, and VH1 better recognize.


Speaking of "It wouldn't have been the '00s without..." C'mon VH1–you're not too good for Creed, James Blunt or that damn "Lady Marmalade" remake, but you're too good for Young DeAndre? We call shenanigans—having an '00s list without "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" isn't just inaccurate, it's damn near dishonest. Would you have a '90s list without "Macarena"? Oh wait, you actually did. Well, at least you're consistent about it, but we still have to respectfully disagree.

Here's the entire list, courtesy of VH1. Let us know if there's anybody else that both of us missed.

100 Sisqó – “Thong Song”

99 Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats”

98 3 Doors Down “Kryptonite”

97 Shaggy “It Wasn’t Me”

96 Pussycat Dolls (Feat. Busta Rhymes) “Don’t Cha”

95 James Blunt – “You’re Beautiful”

94 Daughtry – “It’s Not Over”

93 OK Go – “Here It Goes Again”

92 Flo Rida (Feat. T-Pain) – “Low”

91 Creed – “With Arms Wide Open”

90 Mystikal – “Shake Ya Ass”

89 M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”

88 Fountains of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom”

87 The Darkness – “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”

86 Aerosmith – “Jaded”

85 Macy Gray – “I Try”

84 Linkin Park – “In the End”

83 D’Angelo – “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”

82 Matchbox Twenty – “Unwell”

81 Bruce Springsteen – “The Rising”

80 Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (Feat. Ying Yang Twins) – “Get Low”

79 Enrique Iglesias – “Hero”

78 Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”

77 Nickelback – “How You Remind Me”

76 T.I. ft Rihanna – “Live Your Life”

77 Gavin DeGraw – “I Don’t Want to Be”

74 Chamillionaire (Feat. Krayzie Bone) – “Ridin’”

73 Nelly Furtado (Feat. Timbaland) – “Promiscuous”

72 Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”

71 Colbie Caillat – “Bubbly”

70 Chris Brown (Feat. Juelz Santana) – “Run It!”

69 Evanescence – “Bring Me to Life”

68 Ludacris (Feat. Shawnna) – “Stand Up”

67 Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love”

66 Snoop Dogg (Feat. Pharrell) – “Drop It Like It’s Hot”

65 Aaliyah – “Try Again”

64 Jennifer Lopez (Feat. Ja Rule) – “I’m Real (Murder Remix)”

63 Andrew W.K. – “Party Hard”

62 Avril Lavigne – “Complicated”

61 Kelis – “Milkshake”

60 Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”

59 Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River”

58 Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”

57 Mary J. Blige – “Family Affair”

56 DMX – “Party Up (Up In Here)”

55 The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”

54 Norah Jones – “Don’t Know Why”

53 Blink-182 – “All the Small Things”

52 Shakira (Feat. Wyclef) – “Hips Don’t Lie”

51 Natasha Bedingfield – “Pocketful of Sunshine”

50 Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me”

49 Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

48 Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”

47 Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink – “Lady Marmalade”

46 Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow – “Picture”

45 Eve (Feat. Gwen Stefani) – “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”

44 Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Californication”

43 Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl”

42 Train – “Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)”

41 R. Kelly – “Trapped In The Closet”

40 Fall Out Boy – “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”

39 Adele – “Chasing Pavements”

38 Miley Cyrus – “Party In The U.S.A.”

37 Britney Spears – “Oops! … I Did It Again”

36 *NSYNC – “Bye Bye Bye”

35 John Mayer – “Daughters”

34 Janet Jackson – “All For You”

33 Johnny Cash – “Hurt”

32 Maroon 5 – “This Love”

31 Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”

30 Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl”

29 Foo Fighters – “Best Of You”

28 Madonna – “Music”

27 Usher (Feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris) – “Yeah!”

26 The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

25 Nelly – “Hot in Herre”

24 Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”

23 Pink – “Get the Party Started”

22 Alicia Keys – “Fallin’”

21 Jay-Z – “99 Problems”

20 Britney Spears – “Toxic”

19 Destiny’s Child – “Bootylicious”

18 Christina Aguilera – “Beautiful”

17 Coldplay – “Clocks”

16 Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

15 U2 – “Beautiful Day”

14 Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”

13 Green Day – “American Idiot”

12 Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling”

11 Rihanna (Feat. Jay-Z) – “Umbrella”

10 50 Cent – “In Da Club”

09 Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together”

08 Jay-Z (Feat. Alicia Keys) – “Empire State Of Mind”

07 Justin Timberlake (Feat Timbaland) – “SexyBack”

06 Kanye West (Feat. Jamie Foxx) – “Gold Digger”

05 Kelly Clarkson – “Since U Been Gone”

04 Eminem – “Lose Yourself”

03 Lady Gaga – “Poker Face”

02 OutKast – “Hey Ya!”

01 Beyoncé (Feat. Jay-Z) – “Crazy In Love”

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